Dumaguete City

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City

The Boulevard, Dumaguete CIty

Negros Island is one among a total of 7,107 islands comprising the Philippine Archipelago. It was discovered by the Spanish explorers during the expedition of Señor Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in the year 1565. Abundant in natural resources, Negros is home to some 3.7 million peace loving Filipinos who thrive mainly on agriculture and aquaculture as their source of livelihood. In the year 1890, the island was divided into two distinctive provinces, namely Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.

Negros Oriental

The province of Negros Oriental occupies the Southeast portion, holding in itself 5 key cities and 20 municipalities, most of which line the coastal shores facing east to the Tañon Strait and south to the Sulu Sea. Because of its ideal location and tropical climate, many have been drawn to the serene beaches and have been known to find themselves building their nests along the Negros shorelines.

Dumaguete City, Capital of Negros Oriental

The capital of Negros Oriental is Dumaguete City, the seat of government and the province’s economic hub. Though relatively small with a total land area of only 34.26 square kilometers, it is the most populated area in the province. It boasts of an airport and several piers which make Dumaguete City a point of destination for students, businessmen, travelers and tourists alike.

A vast majority of the Dumagueteños are literate and can communicate in English, Tagalog and Ilonggo besides their native Cebuano dialect.

Sunrise DauinThe City of Gentle People

Despite the inevitable changes that the modern civilization has brought about, Dumaguete City remains to be rooted deeply to its historical past. Nearly every significant event that took place in its earliest days is commemorated each year with meticulous attention to details, giving the people an occasion to celebrate and to relive a rich and interesting culture that has shaped their city.

Dumaguete City

Dumaguete got its name from the Visayan word daguit which means to snatch. It has been said that in the olden days, pirates came by the island to take away the pretty native maidens.

At the heart of Dumaguete City stands Silliman University, established in 1901 by American philanthropist Dr. Horace B. Silliman. Much of its old wooden and stone structures still proudly stand including what is now the Silliman Museum, whose rooms were once used by the Japanese forces during World War II.

The City of Gentle People, as this city is aptly labeled, Dumaguete is dotted with cherished remembrances from a bygone era. Old churches and cathedrals, antique houses and memorabilia, the famous Bell Tower, and the occasional kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) plying the city streets add up to the quaint, old world charm that the city exudes – with its friendly and hospitable people who value their simple and laid back lifestyles.


We just finished our diving certificates, and we are so lucky that we have some really good dive sites right outside the gate of the house. We are diving several times a week off the beach here so I am sure we will have a massive underwater photo collection up soon. With Apo island only […]
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Rizal Boulevard One cannot simply miss Rizal Boulevard when in Dumaguete City, a 780-meter strip of wide beachfront promenade. It runs almost entirely along the city’s commercial district and provides quite a refreshing and calming view when dining or having a drink at one of the many restaurants or bars lining the street. It is […]
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General Info

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Getting There

Dumaguete City can be reached via air and sea transportation from Metro Manila and Cebu. Hotel accommodation in the city is never a problem. There are several hotels to choose from with all basic amenities such as air condition, hot and cold bath, cable TV and telephone connections. By Air There are two daily flights […]
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Nearby Sightseeing

The town of Valencia in Negros Oriental is located west of the capital Dumaguete City. It is generally hilly and has a very cool climate. Casaroro Falls Valencia, Negros Oriental You begin with a nature hike up a trail leading to the waterfalls. Although the terrain is rather steep, the adventure is well worth it. […]
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Tranquil and generally quiet during the day, Dumaguete unfolds into a throbbing party district come sundown. There are a number of certified party places where one can drink, dance, eat and be merry – even until the wee hours of morning. Coco Amigos Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City Bar and restaurant with a genuine Mexican flair! […]
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Quick Guide

Welcome to Dumaguete City Dumaguete City is a Visayan city of the Philippines, the capital of Negros Oriental, which is very close to the marine sanctuary of Apo Island – where scuba diving is superlative.   The city is often referred to as the City of Gentle People, and it is the principal seaport and largest […]
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If there is one thing all tourist locations have in common, that is shopping and souvenir hunting. Well, Dumaguete is no different than any other popular tourist destination in the Philippines; there is shopping galore here from local treasures to the standard t-shirts, posters, caps and the like. Dumaguete has all options a mid-sized town […]
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Dumaguete is located in the province of Negros Oriental. It is the province’s capital and major seaport. It has a population of only 102,265 people (NSO 2000). The word Dumaguete came from the word “daggit” which means “to snatch”. During the 17th century, there were frequent pirate attacks along the city’s coastal area. But when […]
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Where to Eat

  There are many places in Dumaguete to dine and enjoy great international and local dishes. Here is a short list of some of the restaurants you can find in Dumaguete and the surrounding towns.   Family Dining: COCO AMIGOS, Rizal Ave. Dumaguete City EL DORADO, Lipayo, Dauin EL ORIENTE BEACH RESORT, Mangnao Dumaguete City HAYAHAY […]
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Where to Stay

The Bethel Guest House This 54-bedroom hotel is the largest in the city. Located along the Rizal Boulevard, it provides a spectacular view of the ocean. All rooms are fully air conditioned with hot and cold shower, cable TV connection. At the ground floor is a well appointed café, perfect for coffee and those little […]
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